WICB warns players to seek direction before joining ICL
West Indies Cricket Board president, Julian Hunte, has warned regional players to seek legal advice before signing up for the controversial Indian Cricket League.
It has been rumoured that five West Indies cricketers have been offered contracts to play in the ICL, a league which the Indian Cricket Board has refused to sanction.
“I have heard rumours of players being made substantial offers. Nothing has come to me formally,” said Hunte speaking on KLAS Sports Radio evening programme, Scoreboard, here this week.
“I only hope that those players who have been made offers, get legal advice and our advice as to how they need to go about this.”
The ICL, funded by Indian media giants, the Essel Group, is set to bowl off later this year and will feature several big names in the sport, including West Indies batting great, Brian Lara.
He is expected to be joined by Pakistani batsman, Inzamam-ul-Haq, and former Australian batsman, Damien Martyn, as the big names among several international players down to participate.
While some national cricket boards have expressed their reluctance to sanction their players competing in the ICL, Hunte said the WICB were yet to develop a policy, but would do so shortly.
“It would be wrong for me to make any statement, except to say, most of the other Test match playing countries, have in fact, ‘banned’ their players, who have publicly accepted contracts for the ICL,”
“We have not made any decision on it as yet. this is a matter which we will determine our own position on when we meet on the October 20 in Barbados.”